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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Ask the Experts: Something for everyone...


Q: Can you suggest some family and dog friendly vacation spots in California where I can also do some sniping?

Conductive Minerals and Your Metal Detector


...most prospectors don't even think about the conductivity of minerals, but there are some that do conduct electricity to a certain degree, so metal detectors will respond to them.

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Peshastin Creek, Washington


Successful miners report that the Peshastin’s gold is unusually course and most of the recovered nuggets are small pickers. Flood gold is prevalent here and easy to find and recover on the Peshastin.

Nebraska Couple Finds Big Nugget in Arizona


Friends of Don and Marlene Doran often tease them about their hobby of searching for unique rocks. Now they are the ones laughing.

Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old


Here’s what actually happened, described in the case file documents: Based on a precious metal assay certificate signed by a registered southwest assayer, the sellers, in consideration of the payment of over $53 million, transfer over 185,000 troy ounces stored in a warehouse to a company based in Norway. This document was signed and notarized in a southwest town, and was publicly distributed in 2001. Guess what?! The  warehouse floor concrete may have a higher gold assay than the concentrates sitting above it valued at fifty-three million.

Detecting During Summer Heat


This concept of detecting does not always work as we sometimes get a week or so where the temperatures rise to 116°—sometimes more.

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